This Advent season the churches I serve have been doing an interesting study on Jesus' family tree. I know a number of people who have been researching their family trees so this study has fit in VERY well. It has also been a way for us each of us to share some of the stories from our families as we prepare to celebrate Jesus' birthday.
One of the questions I was asked was when I would be putting up my Christmas tree. To which I replied "not until Christmas Eve Day." This is Advent , tree goes up Christmas Eve and comes down at Epiphany. Which is true until the last few Christmas seasons Dad was with me. After growing up with this timing Dad and I had quite a few "go arounds" because he suddenly wanted the tree up in the middle of December.
To add insult to injury he couldn't help with putting up the tree, decorating it (or the house) AND he wanted a train set under the tree!! If I remember right we did compromise..... I let him have the tree up a week "early" and, yes, he did get the train set. Because sometimes, even when you compromise, you have to laugh or you will start screaming!